David Birney’s Longtime Disease Led to his Death at 83
David Birney‘s cause of death was revealed after his passing on Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica. His life partner, Michele Roberge, announced he died from Alzheimer’s disease at 83.
David Birney whose full name was David Edwin Birney was born on April 23, 1939, in Washington, D.C. While in the Army, he won an All-Army Entertainment contest and also received the ‘Barter Theatre Award’ in 1965.
Birney‘s stage credits included starring roles on Broadway in Benefactors, Man and Superman, and Amadeus. He also had major roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum.
His others majors roles include; Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre, and numerous regional theatres around the country.
David also recorded numerous audiobook bestsellers, including works by Annie Dillard, Dean Koontz, Paul Theroux, Thomas Kenneally, and Orson Scott Card. David’s reading of Julie Salomon’s The Christmas Tree received the Audie Award.
He was the recipient of several AudioFile Magazine Earphone Awards. Birney played Anakin Skywalker in the radio adaptation of Star Wars Return of the Jedi.
The news came out just days after Robert Krakoff’s death was announced while the gaming community is still curious regarding Robert Krakoff’s cause of death at 81.
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David Birney‘s Cause of Death Announced by Partner
According to Michele Roberge, ‘Bridget Loves Bernie’ and ‘St. Elsewhere,’ David Birney‘s cause of death was related to Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace.
Aside from his title role in Bridget Loves Bernie, David appeared frequently on television, building a professional career in TV movies, regular series, and miniseries.
Birney starred in such series as The Adams Chronicles, Live Shot, Cannon, St. Elsewhere, Glitter, Hawaii Five-O, McMillan, Serpico, Fantasy Island, and Wife, The F.B.I., Murder She Wrote.
The talented actor also starred in the episode “The Nomads” from the 1977 series Quinn Martin’s Tales of the Unexpected. His Miniseries credits include Master of the Game, Valley of the Dolls, and Night of the Fox.
Birney appeared in leading roles in many television films, including The Deadly Game and Long Journey Home. David also starred in the soap Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.
The late star edited and adapted for the stage a play based on some of the American writer Mark Twain’s letters and shorter works. The piece, Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, was presented in the American Playhouse series.
He directed and starred in productions for regional theatres including the Hartford Stage, and the Capital Repertory Theatre. For five years, the actor co-chaired the American Diabetes Association, supporting and fundraising for the Association.
Together, they share three children: Kate, Mollie, and Peter. In 1989 the couple divorced. In 2012, Baxter claimed that Birney emotionally and physically abused her during their relationship. David published a lengthy statement on his website disputing the allegations made by Baxter.
In the December 2017 edition of the Wide Wide World newsletter, it was disclosed that the star had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At the time of his passing, David was in a domestic partnership with Michele Roberge.